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Dynamics of Collapse

Dynamics of Collapse

Unread postby onlooker » Mon 04 Dec 2017, 17:16:15

The Dynamics of Collapse
https://edro.wordpress.com/collapsing-cities/
The following exhibit lists the most probable [leading] causes that would drive the first wave of world’s cities to collapse. [Note: Data is listed alphabetically]

Accumulation of toxic pollution in the environment
Civil conflict
Collapse of fisheries/fish species
Collapse of natural pest regulation systems
Corporate mass homicide
Deforestation
Desertification
Droughts
Economic collapse
Epidemics of plant and animal diseases
Excessive energy consumption
Extreme climatic events (including extreme rain events, floods)
Failing ecosystems
Famine
Foodborne, waterborne, airborne and insectborne infectious diseases (viral, bacterial, parasitic, fungal, prion)
Fuel shortage
Global collapse of pollinators
Habitat destruction
Human-enhanced natural catastrophes including earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, tropical storms, cyclones, extreme rainfall events, landslides, volcanic eruptions, droughts and wildfires …
Human-induced climate change
Increased UV radiation
Industrial accidents (including radionuclide, chemical and oil spills)
Inordinate prevalence of psychopathology caused by exponential growth economy: money fetishism, industrialism, militarism, atomistic lifestyles, consumerism, throwaway culture, dysfunctional societies …
Land use change
Loss of Topsoil
Loss of Will to Live
Mass migrations
Mass murder/suicide as a result of neurological disorder caused by mercury [other heavy metals,] poisoning, biochemical poisoning, contaminated food and water supplies, tainted drugs especially vaccines
Moral decline (unethical behavior, unsustainable lifestyles, overconsumption)
New Strains of Superbugs, super bacteria, killer fungi
Overshoot of Carrying Capacity; Increased ecological footprint; Overpopulation (esp. DCs*)
Overwhelmed by mounting waste: agricultural, municipal (garbage and sewage) and industrial
Poor global harvest/Food scarcity [Humans are one harvest away from starvation!]
Poverty
Running Dry (Running out of freshwater)
Sinking into the ground (large-scale subsidence caused by overuse of groundwater supplies)
Societal collapse
Soil degradation (salination, erosion … )
Spread of pandemic diseases
The American Dream (and its global equivalents)
The death of truth, surrender of concreteness to abstractions, defeat of ‘right’ by ‘sight,’ loss of reason [and the essential faculties needed] to advance to the future
Tourism [euphemistically, eco-tourism]
War (conventional and nuclear)
Unnamed mechanisms
Unknown causes or new mechanisms of collapse
You can ignore reality but not its consequences
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Re: Dynamics of Collapse

Unread postby dohboi » Mon 04 Dec 2017, 17:20:22

Nice list. Of course, most and perhaps all are tightly interrelated with others on the list in complex (and sometimes straightforward) ways.

You listed them alphabetically.

Would you care to list them in the order you see as greatest threat first...?

That may lead to a more interesting conversation/debate than just the laundry list (if the usual trolls stay away for a while :) ).
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Re: Dynamics of Collapse

Unread postby onlooker » Mon 04 Dec 2017, 17:31:49

Okay D, I will list the first 5 that I see most likely and the soonest to cause Collapse and as you said in a synergistic combined manner. Umm, I must be subconsciously in dour mood to wish to speak about this tonight haha: Note not necessarily in any order
1. Drought
2. Economic collapse
3. War
4. New Strains of Superbugs, super bacteria, killer fungi ie. Pandemic
5. Running out of fresh water
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Re: Dynamics of Collapse

Unread postby dohboi » Mon 04 Dec 2017, 17:36:03

Well, drought does seem to be hitting CA hard again:

his is brutal. Not a drop of rain is forecast for southern California through at least December 20th.
It's the rainy season there—in name only at the moment.
https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status ... 3501930496

Wow. That's an incredibly dry 16-day precipitation accumulation forecast for December along the West Coast! Ensembles & ECMWF very similar. #CAwx #ORwx #WAwx #BCwx
https://twitter.com/weather_west/status ... 3429909504


This week in Southern California, "extreme fire danger" edition:

Temperatures in the 80s
Hurricane force wind gusts
Relative humidity less than 10%
"Potential for very rapid fire growth"

It's December!
https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status ... 4743097344

But keep in mind that the ~7% increase in water vapor in the atmosphere with every increased degree C in global temps means that over all more places will be wetter than drier, and the we will more and more come in extreme deluges.

But yeah, the warmth also means that certain places that miss that moisture for various reasons will be getting very dry indeed. And some places no used to high levels of drought will rather suddenly see not just drought but total desertification...such as Southern Europe as the Sahara essentially moves north.

Thanks for the response. More later.
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Re: Dynamics of Collapse

Unread postby pstarr » Mon 04 Dec 2017, 19:56:40

Didn't you hear? Los Angeles has seceded from the state and joined Lost Wages in Nevada as a co-sprawl. Here in Norcal it's raining mushrooms!

Cheers :P :) 8)
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Re: Dynamics of Collapse

Unread postby dohboi » Mon 04 Dec 2017, 20:46:07

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Did I just say something about trolls?

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Re: Dynamics of Collapse

Unread postby pstarr » Mon 04 Dec 2017, 20:50:18

dohboi wrote:...

Did I just say something about trolls?

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We don't have trolls around here :-x

We have hippies lol
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Re: Dynamics of Collapse

Unread postby onlooker » Mon 04 Dec 2017, 20:54:13

A troll, a hippie it is all in the eyes of the beholder like beauty :-D
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